New treasurer appointedThe issues posed in filling the aldermanic vacancy cannot be said in relation to the city treasurer vacancy. The position vacancy was advertised, applications filed in to City Hall, and interviews were conducted. Compared to the latter, the process to fill the city treasurer vacancy was considerably more transparent. The process did result in a new treasurer, Angel Palmer, being hired.
City Council reshuffling to comeA special meeting took place on Tuesday, Oct. 12 to take nominations to fill the mayoral vacancy created by Cox’s resignation following the meeting. Alderman Derek Page stated that Cox wanted him to serve the remainder of his term as mayor. However, due to current state election laws, he can serve until the 2023 consolidated election. As the remainder of the term has more than two years remaining, if Page intends to serve the full term, he would have to circulate petitions to retain that role through 2025 and win. As Page is likely to take over as interim mayor until then, this will leave a vacancy in Ward 1, which will also have similar circumstances. “Even though there are divisions, we are all one awesome group of aldermen who care about Assumption,” Page stated about his colleagues on the council in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, Oct. 7. “We will get things done.” Page also mentioned the council’s unanimous care of many projects in the community, such as the ongoing water and wastewater project. Other projects mentioned were that of economic development and public safety. Another could very well easily be that of revitalization plans for Illinois Street Park. Alderwoman Melody Stuart shared similar sentiments as well. “We very much look forward to moving forward into a place of transparency and continued improvements,” Stuart wrote in a post sharing Page’s remarks. “We would love to bring your fresh ideas to the table.” Both Page and Stuart were in mutual agreement that the October 6 meeting was not an easy one, but also stated that not very many meetings were that way. Stuart also stated something that the council has been very adamant about: transparency. “Some things we can agree on are the desperate need for transparency [and] having our questions answered,” Stuart stated. She also mentioned other items of mutual agreement, such as improving upon the foundation of small-town government and striving to make Assumption a city to be proud of.
Other businessOther business items with action taken during the meeting include: • Setting a Trunk or Treat for Saturday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. The event will take place along Walnut Street. • Setting trick or treating for Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be no trick or treating in Assumption on Sunday, Oct. 31 for Halloween. • Approval of an ordinance relating to littering. They would also update the existing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ordinance to be more compliant with evolving state FOIA laws.
For more local news, follow Jake Leonard on Twitter @JakeLeonardWPMD and Heartland Newsfeed @HLNF_Bulletin on Twitter. Additionally, you can follow Heartland Newsfeed on Facebook and Reddit among other platforms. You can now follow our news updates on Telegram, Flote, and MeWe. Support independent journalism. Become a patron on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. There are other donor options as well.
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.